I’m sure this is going to hit home for a few of you. We’re all technologists, or at the very least, users of technology. Being a millennial, I love leveraging new systems, methods of communication, and advanced technologies designed to make life easier.
However, I also remember that there was a time when we could simply “disconnect.” I remember it was easy for one simple reason – there was nothing to connect to.
Our world is increasingly becoming connected and digital. The latest Cisco Visual Networking Index indicates some interesting trends going into 2021:

Annual global IP traffic will reach 3.3 ZB by 2021. In 2016, global IP traffic was 1.2 ZB per year or 96 EB (one billion Gigabytes) per month.
Global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years, and will have increased 127-fold from 2005 to 2021.
Busy-hour internet traffic is growing more rapidly than average internet traffic. Busy-hour (or the busiest 60-minute period in a day) internet traffic increased 51 percent in 2016, compared with 32-percent growth in average traffic.
Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic by 2021. In 2016, PCs accounted for 46 percent of total IP traffic, but by 2021 PCs will account for only 25 percent of traffic. Smartphones will account for 33 percent of total IP traffic in 2021, up from 13 percent in 2016.

By 2021, traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for more than 63 percent of total IP traffic.
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Data is really important. How important is it? Working, manipulating, and analyzing data is now pushing forward several technologies, including AI, robotics process automation, neural networks, advanced automation and orchestration, and much more. Big data is allowing business to make better decisions impacting both the user and the overall market.
So, just how much data are we creating? The latest Cisco Cloud Index report indicates the following:

Big data will reach 247 EB by 2020, up almost 10-fold from 25 EB in 2015. Big data alone will represent 27 percent of data stored in data centers by 2020, up from 15 percent in 2015.
The amount of data stored on devices will be 5 times higher than data stored in data centers, at 5.3 ZB by 2020.
Driven by the Internet of Things, the total amount of data created (and not necessarily stored) by any device will reach 600 ZB per year by 2020, up from 145 ZB per year in 2015. Data created is two orders of magnitude higher than data stored.

Furthermore, Gartner recently pointed out that data and analytics will drive modern business operations, and not simply reflect their performance. Furthermore, executives will make data and analytics part of the business strategy, which will allow data and analytics professionals to assume new roles and create business growth. Shifting the way organization uses data and analytics more toward driving business operations requires a new approach to data architectures, which many organizations are already

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